Town Manager Rodney Dickerson announced on Nov. 16 that he had appointed Forrest Jones as the Town of Garner’s interim public works director effective Nov. 19. Jones will hold the position until there is a permanent replacement for retiring Public Works Director Paul Cox.
Jones was hired in August 2001 as the Public Works Department’s streets supervisor, promoted to operations manager in July 2005 and later was elevated to his current position, assistant public works director, in March 2010.
Town Manager Dickerson noted that Jones has done an admirable job supervising operations, assisting with budgets and contributing to the long-range plans of the Public Works Department. He also observed that Jones played a key role in the department’s national accreditation in 2014.
“Forrest Jones is a proven leader and has refined his knowledge of Public Works operations and administration over the years,” Dickerson said. “His hands-on management of the accreditation team was a significant contribution that led to the Town of Garner becoming the first local government in North Carolina to earn national accreditation from the American Public Works Association.”
In addition to having an associate’s degree from N.C. State, Jones is a certified playground inspector and has completed the UNC School of Government’s Municipal City-County Administration course. Jones currently serves as an American Public Works Association assessor.